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Medicinally, it is used in Whooping cough, having an affinity to the respiratory tract. It was used in incipient phthisis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, etc.
In the USA, it was advocated as a cure for old age; a vegetable extract is used together with colloidal silicates in cases of arteriosclerosis.
In the Scottish Highlands and Islands, the liquor exuding from the hairs of the plant was used to take away warts and corns, which is unsurprising, given the nature of the enzymes produced.
In the Hebrides, using ammonia as a mordant, sundews can be used to produce a bright yellow dye: using another process, a purple dye can be extracted.
John Lightfoot illustrates some of the plantís properties:- The Highlanders believe that the rot in sheep is often occasioned by their feeding on this herb, which is a very ancient one.
Another belief was that feeding on the sundew produced a disease called earnach in cattle, or trembles
In Liber Herbarum, there are references to its use in various parts of Europe for:
as well as the traditional respiratory uses.
The Mikaski Seminole used the plant glands on ringworm sores
The Southern Kwakiutl of British Columbia used it for warts, corns and bunions. It was also used as a love charm, ì a medicine to make women love crazy ì.
Culpeper says ìSome authors tell us that a water distilled from this plant is highly cordial and restorative; but it is more than probable that it never deserved the character given it in that respect .The Sun rules it, and it is under the sign of Cancer. The leaves, bruised and applied to the skin, will erode it and bring out inflammations not easily removed.î